It is a no-brainer that Migraine is a headache, but how would you differentiate your migraine from the other types of headache?.
If the headache is only on one side of the head, then it is more likely a migraine.
Once it is established that it is a migraine, then it is easy to find remedies.
Everyone gets migraine once in awhile, but some people get it more often than the others. If not you, then one of the other member of your family would have already suffered or will be suffering from migraine some time in their life time.
What Causes Migraines?
In the simplest of explanation we can say that, It is caused by artery enlargement over the skull skin near the temples. A chemical is released due to artery enlargement which causes pain, inflammation and further enlargement of the artery. In more technical terms it is a neurological disorder involving both neurological and vascular changes that gives rise to the pain encountering specific triggers. These triggers can be different fro different people.
The triggers that cause migraine are many including allergies and allergic reactions, physical or emotional stress, changes in sleep patterns, smoking or exposure to smoking, fasting, alcohol, bright lights, loud noises, certain types of perfumes, tension headaches, foods containing tyramine, chocolates, nuts, peanut butter, avocado and numerous other items.
Symptoms of migraine may include moderate to severe pain on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting and even diarrhea and increased sensitivity to light sound and odors. Migraine pain is excruciating and can last from anywhere between 1 hour to 72 hours.
Managing Headache Relief in Migraine - Precautions and Remedies
The pain sometimes is so severe that you would like to do anything that can get you out of the migraine headache. In fact you can do a lot to reduce and even prevent it, if you closely monitor the early warning signs.
You can look into pain relief in two different phases. One is managing the triggers and the other is actually using simple remedies.
Manage the Triggers
if you get migraines frequently, then you should write a diary of migraine occurrences to identify patterns. Once you identify pattern, it becomes easy to avoid or deal with them
- Alcohol - If you have hangover after alcohol consumption, then that is a sign that you are likely to get migraine in about 8 hours. If your diary sees this patter, then avoid alcohol. You may not need to completely give up alcohol. Certain alcohol drinks give migraines and others don't, so check it out based on your own findings.
- Caffeine - This is another one, you need to monitor. You might think that caffeine is helping you in headache relief. Think again. Once again check your diary for patterns.
- Hunger - If you have missed meals and feeling headache, eat something. This is simple. Some people can skip meals without any trouble, but many of us can get migraines.
- Sleep disruptions - Not having enough sleep,or sleeping too much both are sleep disruptions for the body which requires sufficient rest to recharge. Each one of us have different thresholds to handle sleep deprivation. Find out your patterns and correct it.
- Light or Sound Exposure - Check this out if flashes of lights or heavy sounds cause you migraine.
- Menstruation - If you are a woman, then this is an additional cause for migraines. The estrogen levels before menstruation go down steeply, causing migraine.
In addition to these patterns, some people are genetically predisposed to have migraine. So if your parents or any people in your genealogy suffer from migraine, you are likely to suffer to.
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